New discoveries in the East of England: an update to the regional research framework

The East of England research framework was developed in the 1990s, published in 2000 and revised in 2011. It was never intended to be a fixed point but rather a dynamic process through which the region’s archaeology can be influenced.

As new discoveries are made and new research priorities established, the framework will be kept live and updated by the historic environment community of the East of England.

Details of key new projects can be found online.

The publication Research and Archaeology Revisited: a revised framework for the East of England edited by Maria Medlycott East Anglian Archaeology Occasional Paper 24 is available in print from Oxbow Books, or free download from as pdf.

Posted on behalf of the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO East of England) and the editorial board of East Anglian Archaeology.

Campaign to Save the Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon

An appeal posted on behalf of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society.

Many of you may not know of the appalling proposal to close the Cromwell Museum.  Don’t be deceived by the notion that this is a remote possibility and that some ‘alternative provider’ is likely to come to the rescue.  A website has been set up to campaign to save the Museum  and has already attracted some high-powered support.  It gives you the opportunity to express your support for the museum by signing their petition, that will take you only a few moments.

Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon in 1599. He became Lord Protector in 1653, the head of a British republic. His rise to power was extraordinary. The purpose of the Cromwell Museum is to interpret his life and legacy through portraits, documents and objects associated with Cromwell.

The Museum opened in 1962 in the old grammar school where Cromwell had been a pupil. After leaving school Cromwell studied briefly at Cambridge before marrying and settling in Huntingdon. He later lived in St Ives and Ely.  Cromwell was driven by his religious commitment from the 1630s onwards. As MP for Cambridge he became an active soldier in the English Civil Wars of the 1640s. His success on the battlefield and his skill as a politician led him to power as Lord Protector. At his death on September 3rd 1658 he was the head of state, and for some a ‘king in all but name’. He is an intensely controversial and fascinating figure of British history.
The Museum sets out neither to celebrate or denigrate his achievements but to interpret where possible the significance of ‘God’s Englishman’.

A separate petition is also now on the Council’s website.  Do sign this too.  A critical number of petitions will require the Council to debate the issue at full Council, so we need all the support we can get.

And then of course get your family, friends and neighbours to do the same. Please share this information on Facebook and Twitter if you can. If this museum closes it is a loss to this nation so please support the campaign wherever you live. Finally – and this I appreciate takes a bit more time and energy – send your county councillor and MP an email about the issue.

It seems quite incredible that this museum (Oliver Cromwell’s school in Huntingdon) should be threatened with closure. Oliver Cromwell’s part in this nation’s history was pivotal and the closure of this important link with the man himself cannot be justified. With the guided bus way improving links between Cambridge and Huntingdon surely visitors to Cambridge can be encouraged to use the bus way and visit this museum and the Norris Museum in St Ives. The closure of the Cromwell Museum is a serious threat to this nations heritage and your help in saving it would be much appreciated.

For more information on the Cromwell Museum please visit:

Hilary Stroud (CAS Publicity Officer)

Courses at Madingley Hall in 2014

The new year kicks off with a range of Archaeology and History courses at the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge.  There are a selection of five-week courses, with one two-hour teaching session each week, covering a broad range of topics.

These courses are suitable for people within travelling distance of Cambridge. Courses are taught by leading Cambridge academics, who share their knowledge and passion for their subjects through their teaching. Students of previous weekly courses have described the teaching as “exceptional; one couldn’t have a more knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutor”, and as having “a great deal of useful information and insights”.

An list of the archaeology and history courses featuring in the 2014 weekly selection is given below. Unless otherwise stated, all courses take place at Madingley Hall, a 16th century mansion located four miles to the west of Cambridge.

First World War remembered, beginning 13 January

600 years of death and burial, beginning 14 January

Medieval Fenland, beginning 15 January

Enslaved! A history of slavery through the ages, beginning 25 February

Magic: in history and culture, beginning 25 February

Humps and bumps, houses and hedges, beginning 26 February and 30 April

The architecture of pilgrimage, beginning 29 April

Poverty, disease and medicine, beginning 30 April

For more information about our weekly courses, and the many other history courses we offer here at the Institute of Continuing Education, visit, email or call 01223 746262.